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Revised: 8/1/2016 

PLEASE NOTE: Title should be SIXTEEN SILHOUETTE CARVED WOOD AND PAINTED SHOREBIRD DECOYS by ELMER CROWELL. These were not cataloged until late (just before catalog production) by a non-decoy specialist. When Mr. Julia returned to the office he saw them and immediately recognized them as silhouettes produced by Elmer Crowell. The entire collection came from one house and were originally cataloged to be sold as an entire lot and this is the way they will be sold. This will certainly be an interesting lot. Please see detailed photographs on our website showing both front & back of each of the silhouettes. Please note that most of them have their original carrying holes and many with their old & probably original sticks.


All decoys but one have brown and white paint with spotted bodies. Six are 12″ long and have long, thin beaks. Six are 9-1/2″ long with short beaks. One 16-1/2″ long elongated with slightly curving beak . One is 9-1/2″ long with short beak. One is 10″ long with long beak. One is 9-1/2″ long with a different colored body. All are carved with split tails and realistic paint and tack eyes. Eleven sticks are present. Unsigned. SIZE: As noted above. PROVENANCE: Through the Family of George Newton Procto III of Marblehead, Massachusetts. CONDITION: Each have a hole drilled through shoulder with some loss through chipping, minor paint flecks. Generally very good. 50574-7 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 2428

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Auction: Fine Art, Asian & Antique Auction - August 2016
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